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Immigration support for hiring expats in Chile via PEO

Global expansion is often linked with foreign hiring. This may require knowing the labor code of a foreign country, in-country incorporation peculiarities or immigration procedure in case of expats hiring.
If you are already hiring or planning to onboard expatriates for your international projects in Chile, there is a range of things that you need to consider:

  • HR compliance
  • How to get a work permit or visa so that foreigners are eligible to work in Chile
  • Timelines to get a permit or visa
  • How to payroll expats after the permits have been received
  • Whether it makes sense to open and keep your own business entity to employ expats directly

A global PEO or Employer of Record solution with immigration support might be a viable alternative to direct hiring of expats on your own company in Chile. This solution gives companies freedom from the need to keep the entity in the country while employing expats in full compliance with Mexican labor legislation. Immigration support is part of a PEO service that precedes the employment. As a PEO service provider, Acumen International can sponsor a work permit and then employ an expat in Chile on the client’s behalf.

Note: having one provider that sponsors a work permit or visa on your behalf and then employs expats in Chile, minimizes risks of visa rejection and takes the hassle associated with immigration procedure off your head.

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals willing to work overseas.

Our ‘work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution is designed for employer companies that want to transfer selected expats to Chile or individuals whose employers are ready to finance their immigration and foreign employment in the country. The service is mainly used by companies hiring highly skilled personnel and willing to retain them by offering employee status and providing employee benefits.

Unlike other global Professional Employer Organizations, Acumen International can provide extra benefits in addition to work permit and employment of expats in Chile. This includes medical insurance, housing, office rent, mobile phone and car provision to meet-and-greet, dependents relocation, etc.

Focus on your primary business goals and let us take care of the work permit and immigration in Chile for you. Use our all-in-one solution:

  1. For long-term assignments in Chile, allowing to payroll and manage expats with full legal compliance without a legal entity
  2. As an interim solution before incorporating in the country

Solution for global mobility of expats in Chile

Acumen International will guide you through a grueling immigration procedure and will help you immediately onboard and payroll expats after they have received a work permit or visa. Use our global mobility and PEO solution to staff any international assignments in Chile without the pitfalls and financial risks associated with hiring expatriate personnel there.

With our expertise in expats immigration and employment, we offer a comprehensive solution to ensure that your international employees get their work permits within the standard duration of the immigration service in Chile. Learn more about the timelines requirements for getting a work permit in Chile below.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Chile may vary for Local Hire Work Contract Visa (Consular Application) and Temporary Residence Visa for Local Hires (Post Arrival Change of Status).

Local Hire Work Contract Visa- for foreign employees who wish to be locally employed in Chile at least four months period- takes from 2 to 4 months until entry to Chile, and a further 1 month before the entire process is completed. Such employees are entitled to start work immediately they arrive in Chile.

Temporary Residence Visa for Local Hires – for employees who intend to live and work in Chile for an initial period of up to 12 months- takes from 1 week to 1 month until entry to Chile, and a further 6 to 8 months before the entire process is completed. This visa is for post-arrival application; consular application is not possible. Applicants are not permitted to work until the work visa or Provisional Work Permit has been approved.


Major steps to get a work permit in Chile

Local Hire Work Contract Visa:

  1. Work Contract Visa Application
  2. Entry to Chile
  3. Visa Registration

Temporary Residence Visa for Local Hires:

  1. Passport Registration at the Chilean Consulate
  2. Entry to Chile
  3. Temporary Residence Visa Application & Provisional Work Permit Application
  4. Visa Registration
  5. ID Card Application
  6. ID Card Collection

Documents for work permit in Chile, main applicant for Local Hire Work Contract Visa

NameNotesCopies
Resume/CV (5 years)Showing relevant professional experience and education for at least the last five years.One clear copy
4 Passport Photographs (3cm x 2cm)In color, on a white background, facing forwards.Four originals
Work Contract Visa Application FormOne original
Passport Valid for Length of Visa RequestedPassport should be valid for at least the same amount of time as the visa is being requested for.One original
Medical CertificateOne original
Police Clearance CertificateOne original
Visa Application FeeIt will vary depending on the applicant’s nationality.One original
Visa Registration FeeCLP 800 (USD 1.23 aprox.)One original
ID Card Application FeeCLP 4270 (USD 7.00) aprox.One original
Copies of PassportCopies of passport information page, visa and entry date.One clear copy
ID Card Application ReceiptThis is provided by the Civil Registrar when applying for the ID Card.One original

Documents for work permit in Chile, main applicant for Temporary Residence Visa for Local Hires

NameNotesCopies
Passport valid for 12 months minimumWith at least 2 blank visa pagesOne original
Return or onward flight booking, itinerary or airline ticketOne clear copy
Tourist Landing Cards (Copies)Copies of landing cards obtained at port of entry.One clear copy
Power of Attorney (Visa)If using an agent to make the application, a signed Power of Attorney will be required.Four originals
Temporary Residence Visa Application FormOne original
1 Passport Photograph (3cm x 2 cm)In color, on a white background, facing forwards. Should be taken in Chile. Should have full name and passport number on the photo (at the bottom).Three originals
Copy of Passport Information Page and entry dateOne clear copy
Temporary Residence Application FeeThis will vary depending on the nationality.One clear copy
Visa Registration FeeCLP 800 (USD 1.23 aprox.)One original
ID Card Application FeeCLP 4270 (USD 7.00) aprox.One original
Copies of PassportCopies of passport information page, visa and entry date.One clear copy
ID Card Application ReceiptThis is provided by the Civil Registrar when applying for the ID Card.One original

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Chile without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Contact us for more details about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Chile.

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